Open, Honest Government
Sacramento deserves a transparent government: one without secrets, without barriers to information, and one that serves in true stewardship to the people of Sacramento. By committing to an open, accessible and accountable approach to governing, the City Council can restore the public’s trust.
Make the City Auditor More Independent
Recent reports of employee misconduct and bad city loans and contracts have damaged Sacramentans’ trust in city leaders and employees. Most of these unfortunate incidents could be avoided if the City Auditor had control over his office’s budget, additional staff, and subpoena power. If all the City Auditors recommendations were implemented, each dollar spent on his office would return $7 to the city’s coffers. I will call for these reforms to support the City Auditor in his mission to protect Sacramento’s taxpayers.
Ensure Accountability on Measure U – 1/2cent Sales Tax Increase
City leaders are asking Sacramento residents to approve a 1/2-cent sales tax increase for six years, generating $28 million for the City’s general fund. They say this tax will be used to fund essential city services such as public safety and maintenance services. However, we must be mindful that city residents are being asked to take on additional tax burdens at the state and federal level as well. Additionally, many residents have agreed to furloughs and painful pay cuts. I will ensure that Measure U funds are used for those services that best serve residents – additional police officers, firefighters, 911 response and other essential city services. I will also ensure that, as the economy improves and our tax base is restored, we use these additional funds to invest in our infrastructure and other capital projects, rather than using them to fund ongoing expenses.
Leading By Example
Until 2002, City Council members did not receive a salary. Today, City Council members receive:
- $60,000 salary
- $4,800 vehicle allowance
- A City cell phone
- Free Parking at City Meters and Garages
In the spirit of shared sacrifice, I will forgo all of these perks and I will donate my council member salary to creating an innovation fund that will allow us to assist our small businesses, especially tech entrepreneurs, and our social innovators to catalyze our economy.
I’ve given my cell phone to every person I’ve met during this campaign. I’ve stated that I want to hear from everyone, and I want to work with everyone, to solve our city’s challenges. I won’t spend my time on the fifth floor of City Hall. I will be energetically present throughout our community, and I will solicit your feedback, your ideas, your solutions and your help to bring Sacramento a brighter future.